Do you feel thankful this year? On Thursday, November 26th, Thanksgiving will be celebrated in the United States. Thanksgiving was a day set aside soon after the pilgrims landed in Patuxet, now known as Plymouth Rock, in August of 1621. The pilgrims pledged thanks to their Creator for their healthy arrival after a long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. It also commemorates the pilgrims’ celebration feast of the good harvest.
To many of us, Thanksgiving means gathering with family and friends for a day of feasting, watching football games, and taking a much-needed holiday from school, work, etc. As we approach another Thanksgiving Day, how many of us know the true meaning of Thanksgiving?
To the dauntless men and women who had the courage to leave their mother country for an unknown wilderness, however, the day which they set aside and called Thanksgiving held a certain significance, which underlies the superficial meaning we recognize today. Their willingness to sacrifice security and life demonstrates qualities of courage and perseverance for which they could be truly thankful.
We live in difficult times. This year has been unlike none other. Why not learn lessons from our forefathers about courage and perseverance? It’s easy to be thankful in the good times of our lives. However, a good portion of our lives can be very challenging. Hardships can either make us weak or make us stronger. We do have a choice. We can learn from the bad times. They teach us what to discard and what to keep and improve upon. This will make the quality of our lives better.
Take this time of Thanksgiving to reflect on the bounty of the good highly sensitive qualities that you possess. It’s too easy for us to forget them. We are much stronger than we realize. Concentrate on the positive aspects of your life, and don’t dwell on the negatives.
Do you feel thankful this year? I do despite the uncertainty of current world events. I’m thankful for my wife progressing with her health issues. I’m thankful that my family and I and friends are are doing well. What are you thankful for? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments you have.
Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone wherever you may be! Better times are coming and we will all be stronger in the long run.
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